Communication Studies

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Information

Carmen Heider, Chairperson

Department Office: Arts & Communication S123
Department Telephone: (920) 424-4427

Code 96 or COMM

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Faculty

Faculty

Brazee Palmeri
Considine Roaché
Kvam Roubidoux

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Degrees

Degrees

  • Undergraduate: A major in Communication Studies can lead to the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Science in Education.

  • Comment: The Communication Studies Department offers a range of programmatic participation opportunities for both majors and non-majors. Students are encouraged to become involved in the programs of their choice. Students interested in forensics may call (920) 424-7048; students interested in the Communication Club may call (920) 424-3480; students interested in internships may call (920) 424-2181; students interested in study abroad may call (920) 424-4422.

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Summary of Fields of Study

 

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)

  • See the department for a listing of their goal(s).
  • The Major(s)

    • The Department offers one major: Communication Studies.

  • The Minor(s)

    • The Communication Studies Department offers three minors: 1)  Communication Studies; 2) Organizational Communication; 3) Speech Communication Education.

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    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    Admission/Graduation Requirements

    • To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought.

    • Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher licensure must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the admission requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

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    Required Core Courses

    Required Core Courses

    • Comment:  Please consult with a department adviser (listed on your STAR) before planning a course of study.

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    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

    1. Communication Studies Major

    Recommended for students who wish to prepare for professions in the various areas of communication or who wish to pursue graduate study.

    • Required Courses:

      • Communication: Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 368, 375, 439, 498

    • Other Requirements:

      • At least nine elective credits must be at the 300/400 level.

      • Only Communication 303 or 304 can count towards the 38 credit major.

      • No more than two of the following elective courses can count toward the Communication Studies major: Communication  405, 411, 446, 474; Interdisciplinary Studies 399 (Note: students can count a maximum of 3 elective credits towards the major from IS 399.)

      • 15 elective units (crs.) from the following list of courses: Communication 301, 303, 304, 310, 312, 316, 318, 319, 323, 325, 326, 337, 338, 386, 388, 405, 411, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 422, 427, 428, 442, 444, 445, 446, 448, 450, 451, 455, 474, 476, 477, 478; Independent Studies 399.

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    The Minor(s)

    The Minor(s)

    1.  Communication Studies Minor

    Recommended for students who are seeking a general minor in Communication Studies and who are interested in pursuing work in business, non-profit and public service or the government sector.

    • Required Units (crs.): 23 minimum

    • Required Courses: Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219, 280, 302, 375, 439.

    • Electives: six credits from any of the 300/400 level Communication Studies courses. Only Communication 303 or 304 can count towards the minor. 

     

    2.  Organizational Communication Minor

    Recommended for students who are interested in business, service or governmental professions where organizational communication is essential.

    • Required Units (crs.): 22 minimum

    • Required Courses: Communication 104, 280, 304, 368

    • Required Courses:  Choose at least two upper division organizational communication electives from the following (six credits): Communication 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 477 

    • Two additional Communication Studies electives (6 credits)


    3.  Speech Communication Education Minor

    Recommended for students who wish to teach in the secondary schools (6-12). (Would be taken in addition to a major licensure area such as English or Elementary Education).

    • Required Units (crs.): 21 minimum

    • Required Courses: 
      • Communication: Communication  213 or 214, 219, 280 or 380, 303 or 304, 318.
      • Radio-TV-Film: RTF 101.
    • Other Requirements: Methods Course Communication 441 required of all Secondary Education Majors and Minors in Speech Communication Education. (Note: Does not count toward credits in the minor.)
    • Electives: One course from the following: Communication 301, 302, 310, 312, 316, 319, 323, 325, 326, 337, 338, 368, 375, 386, 388, 405, 413, 414, 415, 416, 418, 422, 427, 428, 444, 445, 446, 448, 450, 451, 455, 476, 477, 478; Interdisciplinary Studies 399.

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    Course Offering(s)

    Course Offering(s)

    Communication     92

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication     93

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication     94

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication     95

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication     96

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication     97

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication     98

    0 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Convocation

    A monthly one hour meeting required of all Radio-TV-Film majors. Prerequisite: Declaration of major in Radio-TV-Film. Pass/Fail course.

     

     

    Communication    104

    1 (crs.)

    Introduction to Communication Studies

    This course offers students an orientation to "Communication Studies" including exploration of the three communication focus areas, advising, preview of requirements for the major and minor, student organizations, internships, study abroad opportunities, and a variety of resources and services available to students to support their success in the major and/or minor.

     

     

    Communication    111

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Public Speaking (GE)

    Introduction to theory and practice of communicating in public speaking settings.

     

     

    Communication    112

    3 (crs.)

    Honors: Introduction to Public Speaking (GE)

    Individual Speech Communication skills through the study of theory and experience in a variety of speeches. Open primarily to university honor scholars. If space permits, students who demonstrate above average oral communication ability and/or potential via a written test and oral performance will be allowed to enroll. Assignments in the course will be more challenging than those in Communication 111, with expectations of higher performance levels. Not open to students who have taken Communication 111. Prerequisites: Enrolled in good standing with The Honors College with prior or concurrent enrollment in HNRS 175. Students cannot earn credit in both an honors course and a non-honors course of the same title.

     

     

    Communication    118

    3 (crs.)

    Communication in Contemporary Society

    This course is a general introduction to communication studies as represented in the UW Oshkosh Department of Communication. Topics include the Communication Tradition, Methods of Discovery, Organizational Communication, Intercultural Communication, Communication and Mass Media, and Communication and Theatre. The course is designed to make connections between the variety of programs and emphases available in the Department. Students will engage the major journals and be able to identify the key issues facing the field.

     

     

    Communication    151

    3 (crs.)

    Fundamentals of Radio and Television Production

    Course covers basic theory and techniques of radio and television production. Emphasis is placed on radio station procedures and the fundamentals of television studio production.

     

     

    Communication    201

    3 (crs.)

    Radio-TV-Film Communication

    Seven weeks in this course are devoted to learning different approaches to mass media criticism and how to develop and research a paper based upon one of these methodologies. Seven weeks are devoted to learning the procedures and parameters of mass media practice within the United States as well as how to prepare for the next few years within the Radio-TV-Film program: topics include developing ideas with POV, conducting subject and market research, embracing social responsibility, understanding legal restrictions, and the importance of accepting criticism.

     

     

    Communication    213

    3 (crs.)

    Interpersonal Communication: Ethnic Studies (ES)(HU)(XC)

    Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussion, observations and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face to face communication situations. Intercultural Communication focused. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.

     

     

    Communication    214

    3 (crs.)

    Interpersonal Speech Communication (XC)(HU)

    Examination of the components of interpersonal speech communication. Lectures, discussions, observations, and controlled experiences will enable the student to learn and apply relevant concepts and variables of human interaction in dyadic, face-to-face communication situations. Credit cannot be received for both Communication 213 and Communication 214.

     

     

    Communication    219

    3 (crs.)

    Intro to Rhetoric and Public Advocacy (XC)(HU)

    Advocacy explores the nature, function, and consequences of rhetoric. The course includes an introduction to rhetorical theorists and practitioners, a sampling of the major subject areas in the field of rhetoric, and the critical concepts included in these areas. Course assignments are designed to help students think critically about the study of rhetoric and what it offers to us as individuals and to society as a whole.

     

     

    Communication    220

    3 (crs.)

    Interviewing

    Examination of factors that influence successful attainment of interview objectives, which maximize information quality, and which enhance participant satisfaction. Theory and strategies appropriate to information-gathering, information-giving, personnel selection, performance appraisal, discipline, complaint and persuasive interviews will be discussed. Students will analyze professional interviews, participate in class exercises and role-playing to develop their interviewing skills. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

     

     

    Communication    229

    3 (crs.)

    Radio-Television News

    This course is a critical introduction to the language, principles, histories, institutions, and practices of contemporary broadcast news. Students learn to analyze, critique, apply, and improve the standards and conventions of electronic journalism. Informed analysis complements extensive practical writing. Prerequisite: Communication 151 and 201.

     

     

    Communication    231

    3 (crs.)

    Radio-Television Announcing

    Techniques of radio and television announcing, developing the ability to read various broadcast materials. Includes radio and television studio performance. Prerequisite: Communication 151 and 201.

     

     

    Communication    234

    3 (crs.)

    Writing for the Electronic Media

    A study of the techniques and practice of writing scripts for television, radio, corporate, and/or multimedia. Prerequisite: Communication 201.

     

     

    Communication    236

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Communication Theory

    A critical examination of various theories of Communication and their philosophical, theoretical, and methodological similarities and differences. Includes examination of theory components and theory building and evaluation. Prerequisite: or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

     

     

    Communication    240

    3 (crs.)

    Cinema Techniques

    The study of conventions and creative strategies through which a director visualizes thought and emotion, as well as an introduction to motion picture production. The course combines an analysis of films, art, and photography with practical field experience. Students select use of either motion picture or video equipment. Prerequisite: Communication 151 and Communication 201. Optional Fee: $10.00

     

     

    Communication    242

    3 (crs.)

    History of Electronic Media

    This course surveys the history of electronic media, from its beginnings in wired and wireless communication in the nineteenth century, through the growth and development of radio and television broadcasting, to contemporary developments in cable, the world wide web, and media convergence. The course is primarily focused on broadcasting in the United States and its relationship to the global media industries.  The course offers a historical background through aesthetic, social, cultural, and technological perspectives. This course offers a necessary background for understanding the contemporary media world, whether as an active participant or a citizen. Prerequisite: Communications 201 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    254

    3 (crs.)

    Environmental Communication (HU)(XC)

    This course focuses on the role that human communication plays in influencing the ways we engage the concept of sustainability and perceive the environment. It also explores how we construct environmental issues and decide what actions to take with regards to those issues.

     

     

    Communication    268

    3 (crs.)

    Gender, Communication and Relationships (SS)(XS)

    Focuses on the relationship between gender and communication within the context of interpersonal relationships. Topics covered include hetero/homo affective relationships, friendships, and professional relationships. Cross-listed: Communication 268/Women's and Gender Studies 268. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    275

    3 (crs.)

    Arguing Sustainability (XC)(HU)

    The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Speech Education majors/minors and those wanting to travel with the debate team should not enroll in Communication 275. This course does not meet the Speech Education major/minor requirements.

     

     

    Communication    277

    3 (crs.)

    Intercollegiate Academic Debate

    The fundamentals of argumentation: forms of reasoning, sources of evidence, testing of evidence, brief making, general theory, and case work. Opportunity for analysis of and debate on current problems. Prerequisite: Communication 111 and students enrolled in Communication 277 are required to co-enroll in Communication 411.

     

     

    Communication    280

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Organizational Communication (XC)(HU)

    This course presents both historical and current perspectives on the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory; it provides the knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of organizational settings. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication.

     

     

    Communication    301

    3 (crs.)

    Small Group Communication

    Theory, practice, and instructional methods of face-to-face communication in small groups; emphasizing field, role, conflict resolution, and problem-solving through group communication. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

     

     

    Communication    302

    3 (crs.)

    Theories of Human Communication

    Through this course, students will encounter, deconstruct, and discuss a variety of theories of human communication. The theories addressed in this course are associated with the content areas of interpersonal, organizational, rhetorical, intercultural, gender, and mass mediated communication. This course is designed to address theories that students are likely to encounter in the Communication Studies Major, promoting application of material across courses. Students will identify different assumptions that guide the creation of communication theories, learn about how these assumptions shape the construction of a theory, gain insight into how applying theoretical knowledge can help one become a better communicator, and learn to critique existing theories of human communication. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219 and 280.

     

     

    Communication    303

    3 (crs.)

    Advanced Public Speaking

    This course focuses on current social/political issues and critical citizenship. Specific emphasis is placed on rhetorical ideas and formats that examine deliberation, reasoning, and public affairs. Public communication competencies are enhanced. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    304

    3 (crs.)

    Business and Professional Speaking

    An examination of the unique communication problems and practices in business and industry. Through investigation, case study and practical exercises students should understand and be able to participate effectively in a variety of communication experiences faced by managers in business and the professions. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or 112 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    305

    3 (crs.)

    Cinema Production

    Further develops the skills and principles of motion picture production, including sync sound recording, camera operation, cinematography, animation, and editing. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 240. Special fee: $30.00.

     

     

    Communication    306

    3 (crs.)

    Film/Video Preproduction

    The study of film/video preproduction, including project development, financing, budgeting, production management, scriptwriting, locations, casting, production design, sound design, etc. Throughout the course students will develop a property for either an advanced film or video, or for an original Titan Television program. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 151 or 240.

     

     

    Communication    307

    1 (crs.)

    Motion Picture Workshop

    Students (individually, with a partner, or in a group) produce a film designed for entry in festivals or inclusion on a sample reel.  The project may be a narrative, a documentary, a music video, two television spots for the same product or service, an animated film or an experimental piece.  Can be taken three times for a total of three credits.  Prerequisites:  Cumulative 2.5, Communication 240 or consent of instructor. Special fee $15.00. (1+4)

     

     

    Communication    310

    3 (crs.)

    Oral Interpretation

    A study of the principles and vocal techniques of oral interpretation, and their application to the various forms of literature. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    312

    3 (crs.)

    Effective Listening

    Analysis of the act of listening: process, types, barriers to, and the improvement of listening skills. Frequent skill building exercises and the testing of listening for comprehension and retention. Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 104 or consent of instructor

     

     

    Communication    313

    3 (crs.)

    Television Studio Operations

    This course provides a bridge between production and engineering. It emphasizes the importance of understanding technical processes as they apply to creative decisions. Students will learn how video cameras make pictures, how light and lighting instruments affect aesthetics, how edit systems function, how audio signals are created, and how to plan and design facilities. Examinations of technical standards for compression, multimedia, CD/DVD's and streaming are included.  The purpose of this course is to teach how equipment functions versus teaching the student how to operate it. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151. (2+3)

     

     

    Communication    316

    3 (crs.)

    Gender and Discourse (HU)

    Explores gender issues through the framework of public discourse and power dynamics. This course analyzes the public vocabularies through which we understand contemporary issues, examines the interests served by such discourses, and invites discussion on alternative language choices. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 316 or Women's and Gender Studies 316. Prerequisites: Communication 104; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 219; or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's and Gender Studies Majors/Minors: Women's and Gender Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    318

    3 (crs.)

    Intercultural Communication (ES)

    In this narrative-based course, students will identify characteristics of their own cultural identity, exploring connections to global citizenry; become increasingly self-reflective regarding their enculturation; apply theoretical constructs that allow for intercultural communication to become transformative; and listen well to personal narratives of those whose cultures differ from their own. As they engage in constructive, ethical dialogue they will explore the concept of intentionality in communication as it relates to identity, prejudice, discrimination, racism, ethnocentrism, hatred, and stereotyping. Prerequisites: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 213 or 214; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    319

    3 (crs.)

    Persuasion

    Study of both classical and contemporary persuasion theories and practices. Assignments involve practical application of the theoretical foundation by analyzing different persuasive messages found in the media and public speeches. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219, or 280.

     

     

    Communication    320

    1 (crs.)

    Television Workshop

    Practical experience in the daily operation of Titan TV, the university's educational cable channel, including; programming, promotions and production. Can be taken three times for a total of three credits.  Prerequisite:  Cumulative GPA 2.5, Communication 151 and 201 or consent of instructor. (1+4).

     

     

    Communication    321

    3 (crs.)

    Digital Post-Production

    The study and practice of the tools and techniques of digital post-production for film and television. This course examines the role of the editor, the post-production process and workflow, and the theories and techniques used to build emotion, drama, and information. This course provides hands on training and project application on non-linear edit systems, including Avid and Final Cut Pro. Prerequisite: 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 (or 222 and 239) and Communication 240.

     

     

    Communication    323

    3 (crs.)

    Inside-Out Prison Exchange

    Focuses on how language shapes our understanding of issues and topics related to incarceration. This course brings together equal numbers of UWO students and incarcerated students at a local correctional institution. Ten joint class sessions are held at the correctional institution. The other three class sessions are held on campus for UWO students and at the correctional facility for incarcerated students. Prerequisites: By Instructor Consent Only. To be considered for a seat in this course, students must complete an interview with the instructor.

     

     

    Communication    325

    3 (crs.)

    Nonverbal Communication

    An examination of nonverbal communication, the process of one person stimulating meaning in the mind of another person (or persons) by means of nonverbal codes. Both the functions and specific categories of nonverbal behavior will be examined along with their communicative impact in a variety of situations. Theoretical and practical aspects of nonverbal communication are also explored. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 213 or 214; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    326

    3 (crs.)

    Communication and Conflict

    An exploration of research and practice regarding human conflict as an ongoing component on interpersonal relationships and community. Communication theories and concepts related to interpersonal conflicts, formal mediation, and social justice advocacy are examined and practiced. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 213 or 214; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    327

    3 (crs.)

    Advanced Writing for the Electronic Media

    Advanced study of writing for broadcast media, combining critical analysis of different media formats with creative writing in television, radio, and/or multimedia.   Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, and Communication 234 with a grade of B or better.

     

     

    Communication    329

    3 (crs.)

    Broadcast and Cable Sales

    An introduction to the principles of selling radio, television and cable advertising, including customer need analysis, audience analysis, handling objections, creating copy, and service to the client.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 201 for Radio-TV-Film majors OR Communication 118 and Communication 236 for Speech Communication majors and minors.

     

     

    Communication    333

    1 (crs.)

    Radio Workshop

    Work at WRST-FM University Station. Auditions required for certain positions. Can be taken three times for a total of three credits.  Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 or consent of instructor. 1+4

     

     

    Communication    334

    1 (crs.)

    Broadcast News Workshop

    Students gain practical experience in media news gathering, working as part of a team to produce news reports and complete newscasts. Stories will be aired on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh educational access channel, Titan TV. Cross-listed: Journalism 334/Communication 334. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: (Journalism 141, 221 and 324, each with a grade of C or better for journalism credits) or (Cumulative GPA 2.5, Communication 151 and 201 or consent of instructor for Radio-TV-Film credits.)

     

     

    Communication    336

    3 (crs.)

    Communication & Technology in the Information Age

    This course examines the historical development, cultural reception, and social impact of media technologies in the Information Age. Emphasis is placed on critical theories that seek to analyze the relationship between technology and society. Prerequisite: Work at WRST-FM University Station. Auditions required for certain positions. Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 201.

     

     

    Communication    337

    3 (crs.)

    Foundations in Communication Studies

    A theoretical and practical course. The course theory centers on the Five Canons of ancient rhetoric: invention, arrangement, style, delivery, and memory (with emphasis on the first three). Using ancient rhetorical theory as a foundation, students will compose and deliver manuscript speeches. The goal is to become a speaker who is not only eloquent, but also wise. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 219; or consent of instructor. 337/537

     

     

    Communication    338

    3 (crs.)

    Freedom of Speech in the United States

    In the United States, freedom of speech is restricted in a variety of ways. Historically and today, government places legal restrictions on communicators, the content of communication, and the medium of communication.  When such restrictions have been challenged in the courts, judges have generally been guided by a very narrow model of communication. This course examines the legal history and contemporary status of the First Amendment from a modern Communication theory perspective. Prerequisite: Communication 104; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 219; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    343

    3 (crs.)

    Corporate Electronic Media

    An introduction to a crucial part of the mass media industry too often neglected by academia. Students will learn the concepts and creative processes involved in producing corporate electronic media. Topics include internal and external analysis skills, basic marketing principles, and cutting edge digital technologies used in the industry. Ultimately, students will produce a video, radio, or multi-media promotion package for a non-profit organization or student organization. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA and Communication 201 and Communication 151.

     

     

    Communication    348

    3 (crs.)

    Media Criticism

    Students will explore a number of scholarly theories of mass media including structuralist, psychoanalytic, feminist, and postmodern approaches. Students will apply these theories in critical analysis, essays, at least one of which will require outside research. Highly recommended to any student considering graduate study in mass communication. Prerequisites: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 201 for Radio-TV-Film majors; consent of instructor for other majors.

     

     

    Communication    349

    3 (crs.)

    The Documentary

    A critical survey of the history, theory and practice of the documentary in film and television.  The methods and purposes of the documentary form will be examined through lectures, readings and screenings.  Students apply these principles in production and/or writing projects.  Prerequisites:  Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 and either Communication 241 or Communication 242.

     

     

    Communication    368

    3 (crs.)

    Research Methods in Communication Studies

    This course introduces students to communication research methodologies. Students critically analyze research data and propose communication research projects. The class combines theoretical understanding and practical research application including both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Emphasis will be placed on exploring the assumptions of each method and understanding when each is appropriate. Prerequisites: Communication 104, and two of the following: Communication 213, 214, 219, or 280; for Organizational Communication Minors: Communication 104 and 280.

     

     

    Communication    375

    3 (crs.)

    Argumentation Analysis

    The fundamentals of argumentation: argument theory, forms of reasoning, warrants, sources of evidence, testing evidence, and case construction. Opportunity for debate and analysis on current programs. Prerequisites: Communication 104, 111, or 112 and 219; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    380

    3 (crs.)

    Introduction to Organizational Communication Studies

    The course explores the origins and usefulness of organizational communication theory through the examination and pragmatic application of those theories, concepts, and issues to adult learners' organizational experiences. A significant focus of the course will be having students gain knowledge for understanding and improving communication skills in a variety of settings by analyzing challenges commonly faced in today's organizations. Topics may include: decision making, organizational change, technology, globalization, emotion, assimilation, and other issues central to organizational communication. Prerequisites: Communication 111 or Communication 112 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    382

    3 (crs.)

    Applied Managerial Communication Studies

    Organizations need managers that understand how communication shapes the work environment and who are able to apply that understanding to effectively direct and coordinate work processes, build relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and foster cultural values and practices that enhance the experiences and decisions of their members. This course is structured around a series of core communication issues and challenges that managers encounter in performing their organizational roles and responsibilities. Adult students enrolled in this class will learn managerial communication concepts, theories, and issues in order to critically asses their own organizational experience with (or as) managers and to develop strategies that address real-world challenges managers face.

     

     

    Communication    386

    3 (crs.)

    Ethnography of Communication

    This course emphasizes the dual functionality of the ethnography of communication, approaching EOC as both a theory for explaining human communication and a method for generating and collecting situated cultural discourses. Students will read, discuss, and critique ethnographic accounts that theorize the uses and meanings of various communicative phenomena (terms for address, leave-taking practices, and "ways of speaking"). Students will also put into practice techniques for apprehending and analyzing communication phenomena (participant observation, interviewing, and collection of public documents). Prerequisite: COMM 104 and COMM 213 or COMM 214 or corequisite COMM 368 or ANTHRO 204 or instructor consent.

     

     

    Communication    388

    3 (crs.)

    Rhetoric in Action

    One definition of rhetoric calls it "the planned use of symbols to achieve goals." (Campbell, Huxman, Burkholder, 2015, p.1). In COMM 388 students learn methods of critiquing the discourse of contemporary rhetors actively involved in symbolic exchange. Such rhetors can be found in political campaigns, newspaper editorial pages, social media, and many other areas. By becoming more critical consumers of opinionated "rhetoric in action," we can and should develop our own ability to use symbols effectively and ethically. Prerequisites: COMM 104 and COMM 219; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    390

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Professional Internship in Communication Studies

    Supervised professional field experience at a business, non-profit, service or government organization in which the intern applies Communication Studies academic work to a practical situation. Prerequisites: 9 Comm credits; Cumulative 2.5 GPA; and Junior or Senior Standing; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    405

    3 (crs.)

    Special Topics: Study Abroad

    Special Topics designed solely for study abroad. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

     

     

    Communication    411

    2 (crs.)

    Forensic Participation

    Participation in university-sponsored intercollegiate off-campus debate and forensics. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (0+3)

     

     

    Communication    413

    3 (crs.)

    Communication and Nonprofit Organizations

    This course is designed to provide you with an overview of issues and topics in nonprofit organizational communication. Topics include internal communication issues such as socialization, stress and burnout, and volunteer and board management as well as external communication issues including public relations, fundraising, and advocacy. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; and Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    414

    3 (crs.)

    Communication Training and Development in Organizations

    This course explores the training process and role of employee development in organizations by focusing on adult learning, needs assessment, training process components, training competencies, and learning assessment. Working with an organizational partner, the class will develop, deliver, and evaluate a training package focused on a communication-oriented challenge. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    415

    3 (crs.)

    Organizational Rhetoric

    In this course, we will study organizational communication using a rhetorical approach. We will begin with an investigation of the communication processes through which formal organizations influence popular attitudes and individual identities. We will also study how people in particular organizations us language to "do" things. Students will learn to critique examples of organizational rhetoric and develop communication materials to address challenges and crises in organizational communication. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    416

    3 (crs.)

    Managerial Communication

    This course explores fundamental aspects of managerial communication by focusing on how to ensure the effectiveness of management messages and interactions in a variety of organizational contexts and in terms of typical challenges managers face. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisites or Corequisite: Communication 368 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    418

    3 (crs.)

    Applied Project in Organizational Communication

    Leaders from a wide range of industries and a great deal of educational research advocate for the importance of moving student learning into the 'real' world. This course employs an action learning strategy to pursue this lofty goal. Action learning projects engage students in partnerships with clients to address real-world challenges through students' concurrent learning and application of course content. In this class, you will work in groups within a project management structure to carry out an applied project focused on a complex, urgent challenge in a local organization. While working toward the project goal, you will reflect on your group's experiences related to the core functions, processes, and conditions influencing the effectiveness of your group's performance & project progress. Prerequisites: COMM 104 and COMM 280; and prerequisite or corequisite COMM 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    421

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Advanced Television Newsgathering

    This course is for the student who is serious about a career in television news. Activities include reporting and video graphing, as well as writing and electronic editing of reports. Material will be played back on the local cable TV channel as part of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh TV newscast.  Prerequisites:  Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 334.

     

     

    Communication    422

    3 (crs.)

    History of American Public Address

    An analysis of influential speeches delivered between 1640 and modern times. Emphasis is placed on discovering the relationship between the speeches and the historical/rhetorical situations in which they were delivered. At the end of the term, students compose and deliver their own 'State of the American Union' speech. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite Communication 368; or consent.

     

     

    Communication    427

    3 (crs.)

    Rhetorical Criticism

    Ancient and contemporary approaches to rhetorical criticism with emphasis on the description, analysis and evaluation of public messages. Communication 427/Social Justice 427 Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite Communication 368; or consent. 427/627

     

     

    Communication    428

    3 (crs.)

    The Rhetoric of Rock Music

    The course examines the history and rhetorical features of rock music.  Rhetoric is concerned with how communicators adapt messages to audiences in a cultural context.  When dealing with rock music, who is/are the communicator(s)?  What is/are the audience(s)?  Is the music a product of a cultural context or does it create that context?  Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite 368 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    436

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Seminar in Speech Communication

    Special studies in speech communication theory and public address. The topic to be determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: Communication 118 and 236 and 368 or consent of instructor. This course may be repeated nine times for up to nine units (crs.) provided the topic varies. (1+3)

     

     

    Communication    437

    3 (crs.)

    Radio-TV Station Management

    Problems facing station managers; principles used in solving them. The student studies broadcast management through case study analysis and market research. Prerequisite: Cumulative 2.5 GPA, Communication 151 and 201.

     

     

    Communication    439

    1 (crs.)

    Communication Career Capstone

    The Communication Career Capstone is a one-credit course that presents graduating seniors with an opportunity to reflect on what they have learned in their major and how that relates to their lives after graduation. The course focuses on practical exercises and advice useful for a student soon to enter the workforce. A variety of guest speakers will inform the class about careers, the role of communication in the workplace, and other professionally related topics.  Prerequisite: Senior standing; Communication 104, 213 or 214, 219 and 280; a minimum of 9 additional credits in Communication Studies; or consent of instructor. Pass/Fail Course

     

     

    Communication    441

    3 (crs.)

    Teaching of Speech Communication in Secondary Schools

    The goals, materials, and methods of teaching speech communication to high school students Prerequisites: Communication 213 or 214, 219, and 215 or 280; or consent of instructor. (Spring-even years)

     

     

    Communication    442

    3 (crs.)

    Advanced Communication Theory

    This course examines communication as a vital constitutive force in the social construction of reality. The central focus is upon ways in which reality and the human condition are socially constructed through various interpretive, communication processes, with particular attention to assumptions about the role of communication in interpersonal relations and social change. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and one of the following: Communication 213 or 214, 219, or 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    444

    3 (crs.)

    Direction of High School Speech Activities

    The study of debate, forensics as co-curricular activities with emphasis on directing various programs on the high school level. Prerequisite: Communication 111 or consent of instructor. (Fall-odd years)

     

     

    Communication    445

    3 (crs.)

    African American Civil Rights Rhetoric

    This course explores African American civil rights activism through the frameworks of rhetoric and gender. Topics include both the challenges faced by civil rights activists and their contribution to the movement. Integrated throughout the course is an analysis of persuasive documents and events, including speeches, photographs, marches, and slogans. Prerequisites: COMM 214 and COMM 219 or Coreq COMM 368, or WG STDS 201, or SOC JUST 101, or AF AM 100; or instructor consent.

     

     

    Communication    446

    1 - 3 (crs.)

    Independent Study

    See Independent Study under course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements. As outlined in this section, Communication 446 is designed to provide structured research (scholarly or creative) "well beyond that required in established courses." It may not be used as a substitute for an existing course, not may it be used by a company or organization seeking free labor or free access to Dept. equipment and facilities.

     

     

    Communication    448

    3 (crs.)

    Family Communication

    Family Communication studies the important role interpersonal communication plays in relationships and interactions with family members. The course focuses on family roles, rules, stories, metaphors, traditions, power, and conflict from a communication perspective. It also critically examines the narrative scripts that occur between siblings, parents, grandparents while identifying strategies for more effective communication between family members. Prerequisites: COMM 104 and COMM 213 or COMM 214; and prerequisite or corequisite COMM 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    450

    3 (crs.)

    Rhetoric of the US Women's Rights Movement 1848-1920 (SS)

    This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement, from 1848 to 1920. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals, and ideas of the movement. Social Justice 450/Communication 450/Women's and Gender Studies 450. Students may receive credit for only one of the cross-listed courses. Prerequisites for Majors/Minors:  Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's and Gender Studies Major/Minors: Women's and Gender Studies 201 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    451

    3 (crs.)

    Rhetoric of the U.S. Women's Movement 1920-Present (SS)

    This course introduces students to primary rhetorical texts of the U.S. women's rights movement from 1920 to present. Emphasis on the analysis of the arguments, appeals, and ideas of the movement. Students can earn credit for only one of the cross-listed courses: Communication 451/ Women's and Gender Studies 451 /Social Justice 451. Prerequisites for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 104 and 219; and Prerequisite or Corequisite for Communication Studies Majors/Minors: Communication 368 or consent of instructor. Prerequisite for Women's and Gender Studies Majors/Minors: Women's and Gender Studies 201; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    455

    3 (crs.)

    Environmental Rhetoric

    This course is an exploration into the ways we define the environment and how language use influences our interactions with the environment. Cross-listed with Communication 455/Environmental Studies 455. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite 368 or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    474

    1 - 6 (crs.)

    Honors: Thesis

    Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g. a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ' Honors Thesis.' Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 units (crs.). Prerequisite: The Honors College and junior standing.

     

     

    Communication    476

    3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

    A course in rhetoric and public advocacy not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 219; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    477

    3 (crs.)

    Special Topics in Organizational Communication

    A course in Organizational Communication not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other department/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 280; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    478

    3 (crs.)

    Special topics in Interpersonal Communication

    A course in interpersonal communications not normally covered in the curriculum. The course may be repeated for up to nine credits with different content. Sometimes specific sections are cross-listed with other departments/programs; students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisites: Communication 104 and 213 or 214; Prerequisite or Corequisite: Communication 368; or consent of instructor.

     

     

    Communication    498

    3 (crs.)

    Capstone in Communication Studies

    This course provides the opportunity for integration and synthesis of previous coursework in the major as well as preparation for students' next steps in their education or careers. Students will be expected to analyze and synthesize past learning and relate it to issues and problems in their chosen area of communication study. Prerequisites: Senior standing and Communication 213 or 214, 219, 280, and 368; Prerequisites or Corequisites: 302 and 375; or consent of instructor.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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